ALERT Cadets

a focus on fathers and sons

Program Overview

The ALERT Cadet program seeks to aid fathers in training sons whose lives fit the description given in I John 2:14: “I write unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”


Our motto is “Strong to Overcome,” and Cadets are encouraged to be swift to hear what is true, quick to honor, strong to obey, courageous to be truthful, diligent to be neat, and genuine in their expressions of gratefulness. Participation in the Cadet program lays a foundation for a young man to be successful in developing a heart of service and being under his father’s authority. Fathers also learn valuable skills and how to obtain and keep the hearts of their sons as they mature.

Following the Pattern of Christ

As Cadets and fathers work to complete assignments, the goal is that they would follow the pattern of Jesus Christ, who “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Cadets and fathers grow in wisdom as they apply the knowledge learned in Cadet handbooks and through developing Godly character. They will also grow in stature as they complete physical training and service projects. Through Scripture memorization and meditation, journaling exercises, skill training, and service projects, Cadets can grow in favor with God and man.

Accountability and Activities

Learning to use a compass

Fathers and sons can join the ALERT Cadet programOffsite Link by successfully completing the ALERT Cadet Basic Training Manual and applying for membership with ALERT Cadet Headquarters in Big Sandy, Texas.

ALERT Cadet fathers and sons can then join a local ALERT Cadet Squad, or they can begin a new squad with other participating families. The Squad structure of ALERT Cadets provides accountability for daily disciplines and learning new skills. Squads work together in planning a variety of skill-development sessions, adventure activities, service projects, and award ceremonies that accommodate the gifts and opportunities of each group.

Cadet fathers and sons are also welcome to take part in activities organized by the ALERT Cadet Headquarters. These activities may include Crisis Response Training, Leadership Training Camps, Father/Son Camps, and Regional Camps. Learn about this year’s activitiesOffsite Link.

Further Information

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